Coprinopsis atramentaria

Syn Coprinus atramentarius

An ink cap which grows on rotting wood or in soil where there are dead roots, eg. around stumps. Cap diam: 20–35 mm.

Associated with exotic trees.

Coprinus comatus

This shaggy ink cap is easily recognisable with its large size and cap covered with white shaggy scales. Also known as “Lawyer’s Wig”. It is found in pastures and waste land. As the spores mature the cap becomes black, starting at the base, and eventually the whole cap liquefies. Cap diam: 40–60 mm.

Grows in grassland.

Very edible, as long as it isn't starting to turn black at the bottom of the cap as shown in the next photo.


The blackening of the cap is caused by a process called auto-digestion. It starts at the bottom of the cap and works its way up. The black liquid contains the mature spores.

Coprinellus disseminatus

Syn Coprinus disseminatus

Grows in large numbers on many types of decaying wood. Cap diam: 5–10 mm. Although this species has been named as above, it is not conspecific with the Northern Hemisphere species of the same name.

Coprinopsis lagopus

Syn Coprinus lagopus

This fungus appears very hairy when young but soon expands into a thin almost transparent cap. Cap diam: 30–40 mm.

Coprinellus micaceus

Syn. Coprinus micaceus

This fungus can be distinguished from other coprinoid mushrooms by the fine mica-like granules on the cap. It is usually a pale honey colour. Cap diam: 15–30 mm.